Wetlands and Wings Youth Outdoor Program

Wetlands and Wings Youth Outdoor Program 

Click here for the March 2017 application.

This program was established in 2010 to provide safe, fun and educational outdoor experiences for area youth ages 10 - 17. With support from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Friends of Stillwater maintain this program by offering twice-yearly outdoor workshops and hunts for waterfowl or upland birds. A primary goal is to reach kids who have never had the chance to get outdoors for this type of experience or who have limited family support to do so. 

The WW program also provides career, environmental education, wildlife and habitat hands-on learning throughout the year for youth who have completed a workshop. 

We are partnered with the Lahontan Valley Claybreakers, the local youth trap-shooting club, to provide a comprehensive gun safety class as part of the 2-day workshops and hunts. 

We accept adult volunteers to help with the outdoor workshops and hunts, for setup, education, field hunting, mentoring, gun safety, and other tasks. If this is of interest to you, please contact Steve at 775/217-5098.

 Wetlands and Wings is FREE to youth participants mainly due to the generous support of local, regional and national groups, businesses, organizations and individuals.

KTVN-Reno CBS Wetlands and Wings news story  (link to external website)

We thank all of our workshop sponsors, donors and volunteers for supporting this event through monetary contributions, materials, services and in-kind matches.

Thanks for your interest and support!

 Redhead drake in flight over Lahontan Valley wetlands.


Helping Wildlife:  WW youth alumni help with wildlife research both on and off Stillwater NWR refuge. They assist with habitat restoration and community outreach, as well as participate in environmental education programs and ongoing bird banding projects. These opportunities exist for those youth who successfully complete a 2-day workshop with Wetlands and Wings, and who have an interest in natural resource conservation. Contact Bill Henry, FoSNWR Vice President for more information: brantman.bill@gmail.com